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New Facebook Update is Draining Batteries? (Updated)

Many of you have been expressing some frustrations over battery life throughout the last couple of days after manually updating to Android 2.2 on your Droid.  Some even claimed that this could be one of the reasons for a rumored halt of the OTA update from Verizon, but with some news discovered today from Geek For Me, it could be something else that we all overlooked and may not be Froyo after all.

Remember that Facebook overhaul that happened on the exact same day that you all updated?  Yep, the one which took FB on Android into the land of the pretties?  It appears as if this may be the culprit behind our battery woes.

Apparently the new update includes a “partial wake lock” which means that your phone looks to be snoozing peacefully when you aren’t using it, but is in fact continuing to run in the background all while hammering away on your battery.  There really isn’t a fix until the Facebook team patches the app, so for now your options are to logout of it or attempt to downgrade back to V1.2.

Update:  Facebook has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix…(via Android Central)

Hi folks, a number of you have commented on seeing a battery drain on your device since installing the new Facebook for Android app. We have identified the bug that is causing this battery drain and are working on a fix now. As soon as the patch is ready, we will push out an update. Thanks for the quick feedback and for your patience as we get this fixed

Yay!  Fix!

Source:  Geek For Me

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

  • Spitshine

    I got my facebook update 2 weeks ago and haven't had battery problems…now I get the 2.2 update and my Droid phone is dead in 6 hours…frustrating.

  • Spitshine

    I got my facebook update 2 weeks ago and haven't had battery problems…now I get the 2.2 update and my Droid phone is dead in 6 hours…frustrating.

  • Uplink

    I feel like uninstalling cause even when I kill the app it launches again on the background… Anyone knows how to deal with this?

  • guz1115

    I still dont like facebook!

  • jeesung

    there's an update for the Facebook app available now in Market. wonder if it fixes this. no release notes.

  • Gyeagley

    Are we sure that FB is the problem and not Froyo? I updated the fix yesterday for FB and today by battery still sucks. I have made 1 call for 15 minutes and sent 10 text messages and my battery is down to 60%. Also, it seems like my phone is always running way more applications than it used to, like 13 or more, even right after I kill the tasks. What gives??????

  • BLB

    As I previously posted in the comments to this item, I don't use Facebook at all. I did the manual update to 2.2. My battery wasn't lasting a couple of hours on standby before zeroing. This morning, I went to Settings > Accounts & sync, and turned off “Background data.” My battery appears to have a normal life again. Weatherbug, incoming Exchange email, and other things that use background data no longer work, so this is a bad solution, but at least my phone can be a phone for long enough for me to get from one charger to the next.

    I think maybe the problem with the Facebook app is one that other apps (maybe Weatherbug?) also have with 2.2. I'm going to uninstall Weatherbug and turn background data back on, and see what happens…

    • BLB

      As far as I can tell, the killer combination for me is Exchange email + background-data:on. That combination drains the battery awfully fast.

  • Kristsinferno

    Still a crap application. The only reason I keep it installed is so that I can use that Share option. I mean, really, notifications STILL linking to the browser? What's the point?

  • RW-1

    Will evaluate partial wake lock time, so far don't know.

  • Mark

    I installed the new update hopefully this fixes the battery issues.

  • StingRay

    New update is now available….

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

      confirmed.

  • saimin

    Version 1.3.1 of the app is in the market now. Supposed to fix the battery problem.

  • ronandersonjr

    You are running I bit of a drain, and since I put new fb app in my has went to 4% generally runs 2-3% the system is running a little sluggish, espcially typing.

    I got the phone with 2.0 and one ota to 2.1. It has been running a little warm as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1553700108 Jason Bourdeau

    I manually updated to 2.2, have the latest facebook update, and have no problems with my battery draining.

  • Ponchera

    NOT FACEBOOK… I had the symptom. my awake time was same as up time. I systematically started attacking. I turned off everything that was SYNC related, problem still existed. then I went for service. I narrowed it down to 2 running services, a flight tracker app that I never used (uninstalled and forgot name) and the one i believe is to blame, SWITCH PRO WIDGET. that thing since 2.1 had caused me some headaches. I got rid of that and I'm fine now.

    SO TRY THIS AND SOUND OFF: If you have SwitchPro Widget, Uninstall, see what happens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1179115618 Jeff Duroseau

    Is it me or have we been getting bad news back to back lol

  • Bob

    That can't be right. I've never had Facebook, and Froyo is still using up 12% of battery for phone idle.

  • Infernox51

    I'm tellin ya, get rid of the Task Killers and you'll get better battery life. I don't know how it works, but it does. Yesterday I was down to like 20% by now, today I'm still up at 80. Try it out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

      this can be true, providing you remember to properly exit your apps and not leave them running.
      Play pocket empires, leave that on and ur batt life will suffer.
      task killers are the lazy-mans way to kill all (non essential) apps.
      there are pros/cons. best left to the user.

    • BLB

      As I previously posted in the comments to this item, I don't use Facebook at all. I did the manual update to 2.2. My battery wasn't lasting a couple of hours on standby before zeroing. This morning, I went to Settings > Accounts & sync, and turned off “Background data.” My battery appears to have a normal life again. Weatherbug, incoming Exchange email, and other things that use background data no longer work, so this is a bad solution, but at least my phone can be a phone for long enough for me to get from one charger to the next.

      I think maybe the problem with the Facebook app is one that other apps (maybe Weatherbug?) also have with 2.2. I'm going to uninstall Weatherbug and turn background data back on, and see what happens…

  • http://twitter.com/romiust Romius T.

    Thanks for the tip. I just uninstalled the update. My battery was getting killed.

  • Willie

    Off topic!! What's up with all the *pple and *phone ads in the banners? I'm here for Android news, LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610868763 John W. O'Brien III

    yeh, great advice trying to downgrade the OS install….. how about people don't use the buggy facebook app, and just use the browser to go to facebook…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

      i'll use the app after an update, just so i can see the patheticness. lol then, i use my browser. ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ewhitaker Eric Whitaker

    Im not sure if this is possible but does ATK handle this problem or is logging out the only possibility. I don't really use FB that much but it would be nice to not have to log in and out everytime.

  • Jager07

    I manually installed unrooted frg01b 2.2 on Tuesday. I also installed flash and the new fb app, but I didn't enable fb notifications. I had battery drainage issues yesterday. This morning I disable advanced task killer, but left fb as it was. Today I have no battery issues. Tomorrow I will re-enable atk and see what happens.

  • Ron

    I have another app with the partial wake lock that has been a problem and it takes forever to get the developers to admit it. You can see it clearly with Spare Parts.

  • ScallopShoes

    Geez.. Glad I hate Facebook!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tbbutler Timothy Brian Butler

    love how facebook acknowledges this is a promblem that drains batteries… and ppl are still like.. ehhhhhh… i donnntt knooowww…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

      +1

  • mlawlor777

    i havent had any battery problems with the new facebook app. i manually updated the same day i got the new FB app and nothing changed other than froyo makes my droid(1) super fast. so heres hoping that this problem gets fixed for those of you plagued by it.

    • Mark

      Are you running flash 10.1?

      • mlawlor777

        yea i downloaded the beta from here. i have it set so that flash isnt running all the time. i have to click on the flash content to activate it.

        • Mark

          Is that done under browser settings making the plugin run on demand instead of always?

          • lakerzz

            Yep.

  • Mark

    I updated manually on tues and my battery drains fast. I have the updated FB and flash 10.1. Anyone with the stock FRG01B without flash noticing a battery drain? Did logging out of FB help? Anyone with a custom ROM built from FRG01B with flash and the new FB having battery issues? Thanks for the help. Just trying to figure out how to fix the problem.

    • BLB

      I only updated to FRG01B. No facebook, no Flash 10.1, no other changes at all.

  • nick

    I don't think this is the only cause of battery drain. I don't have a Facebook and never have used the app. When I manually updated to 2.2 I started to see some major battery problems. There is something else causing the battery to drain.

  • http://herohtar.myopenid.com/ Herohtar

    Facebook for Android just updated their page on Facebook with this status: “Hi folks, a number of you have commented on seeing a battery drain on your device since installing the new Facebook for Android app. We have identified the bug that is causing this battery drain and are working on a fix now. As soon as the patch is ready, we will push out an update. Thanks for the quick feedback and for your patience as we get this fixed!”

    http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id

    • http://techdeft.myopenid.com/ TechDeft

      Bump.

  • eddieonofre

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/apps/application.php
    Facebook for android confirms it is a problem on the facebook app, right now working on a patch.
    good think they recognize the problem hope they will fix it soon

  • BAoxymoron

    yep it won't close… I've killed several times and continually pops up and is using roughly 15M of memory… although it isn't using any cpu supposedly but still It could easily drain your battery quick(not pandora quick but still)

    • eddieonofre

      go to ur running services and over there kill the service for facebook that will solve the problem, remember froyo doesn't let u kill apps that are currently “running” that includes app that have a service running like facebook (in this case, twitter if u have to update, corporate mail, any im app, google voice, music player, etc, etc etc

  • http://twitter.com/ARevill Aaron

    How can one downgrade?

    • Kaufkin

      remove update via Marketplace. worked fine for me. you still have the basic facebook app. Unrooted can't remove that. ;-)

      • Oren

        Could you please clarify? I can’t find a remove update feature in the marketplace. Running Froyo (BB 0.4) Thanks :)

  • JT

    How can you tell from that screenshot how much of your battery is/was being used by facebook? I've seen several references to the battery manger –> battery use section in settings but I still haven't seen any examples where it shows what applications are actually using the battery. I know running services shows what's running, but does it show how much of the battery is being used too?

    • eddieonofre

      i think is the fack that cell stand by have used a lot of battery which is kind of impresive since stand by it is supposed to uses a little energy

      • JT

        Ok that makes sense. i wasn't sure if everybody was inferring through those 4 listed in the screenshot or if there was a way to see specific apps' battery usage.

    • http://herohtar.myopenid.com/ Herohtar

      I'm not sure if it works on all phones, but on the Incredible you can open the dialer and enter *#*#4636#*#*, which will bring up the testing menu. From there, look at “Battery history”.

    • JT

      Also, I've been reading a lot of comments that say the ATK is unnecessary or makes things worse. Is this the same for most task managers? I downloaed Task Manager to see what's running and close things… was that a waste of time/space?

  • http://twitter.com/Paleogirl2003 Kelly Walsh

    i have the new fb, but on 2.1 and dont have an issue

  • BLB

    My phone shows that Facebook is not a running service.

    These are my running services:

    Skype, (Google) Gesture Search, (Google) Finance, com.android.providers.applications [I have no idea what that is], Google Voice, Google Services Framework, (Google) News & Weather, Amazon MP3, Email, and Android Keyboard.

    For email, I have an Exchange account set to push.

    I assume those with battery troubles are also having their phones get REALLY hot — which you'd expect if the screen is going black but the phone won't sleep. The phone is racing even if put away, which is what's pulling the battery down so fast.

    Is anyone who is having the problem willing to compare notes with me to see if what we have in common?

    Is anyone who is not having the problem willing to compare notes with me to see if what we don't have in common?

  • http://herohtar.myopenid.com/ Herohtar

    It suggests that something else is going on entirely. I'm on 2.2 with the new Facebook and my battery life has *improved*.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tbbutler Timothy Brian Butler

    Well being on this droid x we do not have 2.2 I had to charge my phone after 5 hour s off the charger… I actually said to my self why is this all tge sudden happening.. Got on droid life and saw ths.. Coincidence…. I think not

  • eddieonofre

    I knew it I knew it you can check on the Services Running that facebook is running as service in the background even though I got it set to not refresh!!!!!!!!!

    • BLB

      My phone shows that Facebook is not a running service.

      These are my running services:

      Skype, (Google) Gesture Search, (Google) Finance, com.android.providers.applications [I have no idea what that is], Google Voice, Google Services Framework, (Google) News & Weather, Amazon MP3, Email, and Android Keyboard.

      For email, I have an Exchange account set to push.

      I assume those with battery troubles are also having their phones get REALLY hot — which you'd expect if the screen is going black but the phone won't sleep. The phone is racing even if put away, which is what's pulling the battery down so fast.

      Is anyone who is having the problem willing to compare notes with me to see if what we have in common?

      Is anyone who is not having the problem willing to compare notes with me to see if what we don't have in common?

      • eddieonofre

        I will compare but since I just updated facebook yesterday I have no much to compare with.
        I only let run Google Voice and ebuddy (when I not at the computer) I have facebook to not refresh and so I have twittter, so practically no much services running I don't use skype coz sucks I miss fring :(
        But I use my droid almost constanly (playing, reading feed news, mail, more playing, cheching my facebook [web] etc)
        what I can tell u right now is that I don't feel much battery drain, but then I repeat I just update facebook, so now I am gonna have my phone unplugged and see how it works

      • eddieonofre

        http://www.facebook.com/#!/apps/application.php
        Facebook for android confirms it is a problem on the facebook app, right now working on a patch.
        good think they recognize the problem hope they will fix it soon

  • Barth

    I am still on 2.1 but have not noticed any battery drain after the Facebook update. That suggests, does it not, that the problem is with 2.2 not Facebook.

    • http://herohtar.myopenid.com/ Herohtar

      It suggests that something else is going on entirely. I'm on 2.2 with the new Facebook and my battery life has *improved*.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

      no, it suggests that there is a compatibility issue. facebook admits to the prob. ;-)

      • Barth

        This is an English language problem I guess. Yes, it is a “compatibility issue”. 2.2 was not compatible with Facebook. Now it is.

  • Droidtastic

    I use ATK to kill the facebook app, it will turn off, but if you wait a few more minutes and check ATK again it has turned itself on again :/

    FB = unkillable

    • Uplink

      yea i know! only way out is uninstalling it seems :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

    i'm testing it now. I was at 9% battery left, logged out of FB, started to charge it, we'll see.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O2734GY35AU7HRVC7I2H3SXIXQ Michael

    Rooted, oc 1100 cyanogen rc1 droid with new fb app has no battery trouble. Hmmmm…

  • http://www.facebook.com/hawkxcore Steve Hawk

    Battery life is fine on my droid x with the new update to facebook